bowls of wet and dry ingredients

Eggless yogurt pancakes and waffles

Having grown up making waffles and pancakes from scratch using recipes from the classic cookbook, Joy of Cooking, messing with the main ingredients seemed strange. Messing with them to the point of adding a massive amount of yogurt to the mix was a great way to wreck a perfectly decent waffle or pancake. But I…

Viennetta box and slice of ice cream cake

Viennetta in Canada… in 2016!

Viennetta is an outstanding and addictive frozen “cake” of ice cream layered with crunchy dark chocolate. Vanilla is the best flavour although chocolate and a few other flavours are available. The second last time I ate it was in 1997. Yes. 1997. In Finland. I had seen it in Canada around that time but never bought…

Japanese fish-based udon soup

Gluten-free Japanese recipes: udon soup

Hello new and old readers! I started working full-time in early March teaching a new class and that’s where most of my extra energy and time have gone. Thanks for continuing to check in! More gluten-free food Way back at New Year’s, Hitoshi and I hosted a Japanese themed dinner for a variety of guests,…

simmered pork belly

Gluten-free Japanese recipes: simmered fatty pork belly

For New Year’s Eve dinner, Hitoshi and I co-hosted a small party where most of the guests had food restrictions. One that seemed overwhelming at first (but turned out to be an easy fix) was adapting Japanese recipes to make them gluten-free. Gluten-free simmered fatty pork belly on rice The recipe below was translated from Japanese and…

daikon as hina dolls

Recipe: Thai inspired daikon chingensai fusion

The other night, I made up a new dish and thought it tasted pretty good. Hitoshi thought it was unusual to combine daikon and chingensai but I didn’t know otherwise. That’s the advantage of both of us loving to experiment in the kitchen! Before jumping into the recipe, let’s take a look at the main players…

the inside of a strawberry treat

Pukupuku Tai – a sweet, fish-shaped, Japanese treat

Generous relatives in Japan ship us goodies a few times a year and for this, I am deeply grateful. Tasting something from Japan is almost as good as being there, especially when an old favorite is nestled in the well packed box. One of those endearing picks is the okashi or Japanese confectionary, pukupuku tai. Pukupuku is onomatopoeia…